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April 24, 1915

The Individual Delinquent. A Text-Book of Diagnosis and Prognosis for All Concerned in Understanding Offenders.

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(17):1445-1446. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570430077034

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We have innumerable surveys of criminology, different theories of criminal law and many statistics leading to general explanations, all concerning chiefly external and anthropometric details. The introduction of psychologic tests for the estimation of the mental potential has revolutionized the methods applied to the study of the individual delinquent. The work of Dr. Healy is perhaps the first successful study of the individual leading to a clear understanding and scientific treatment. The author is not inclined to put delinquents as such in the list of abnormal individuals. He points out methods of procedure for the adequate study of a delinquent, and lays especial stress on the psychologic method. The concrete studies, with expositions of groups and types, deserve special attention.

"Anthropology, the science of man," says Dr. Healy, must be ever growing with the growth of human knowledge, and cannot be held by the limitations of set opinions." Facts ascertained

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